Intramuscular stimulation / dry needling



IMS relieves lingering pain that won't go away with other treatments like stretching or massage.



Dry needling releases chronic muscle adhesions or knots to provide immediate pain relief.



Ease your heightened nerve sensitivity and start moving normally again.

What Injuries Can IMS/Dry Needling Treat?

IMS/Dry needling is best suited to treat myofascial pain (chronic soft tissue pain that shows no visible sign of ongoing tissue damage or inflammation) including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritic pain
  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Rotator cuff pathology
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Spinal disc problems
  • Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD)
  • Tennis elbow (golfer’s elbow)

What Are the Benefits?

By targeting the trigger points in the affected area, IMS can:

  • Alleviate pain, spasm and stiffness in muscle.
  • Increase blood flow to the shortened. muscles, reducing toxic accumulation in the affected area.

What is the Difference Between Acupuncture and IMS?

IMS (also known as dry needling) has its roots in traditional Chinese acupuncture but uses current Western medicine’s understanding of the neurophysiology of pain to identify underlying nerve irritations to treat chronic pain issues. Both techniques require the use of fine needles, however, IMS is targeted at specific myofascial trigger points.  In contrast, acupuncture follows a meridian system (pre-mapped out points on the body) to locate acupoints, areas of the body that have a heigher concentration of neurchemicals. When a needle is inserted into an acupoint, these neurochemicals are released to address pain and inflammation.

What is the Cost of IMS/Dry Needling?

Registered physiotherapists administer our IMS/Dry Needling Therapy, so if you have extended health benefits that include physiotherapy, you may have a portion (or all) of your treatment covered.

Why Choose Body Restoration?

When you are suffering from chronic and persistent pain, painkillers and other medications only mask the pain to your brain, but do not resolve the root of the problem. At Body Restoration, we have certified physiotherapists that have undergone post-graduate studies in IMS and dry needling. Our collaborative network of healthcare professionals provides a patient-centred approach to give you the best care possible.

We Are HEre to Help

Body Restoration is a collaborative rehabilitation center in South Edmonton offering you a wide range of services: physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy and more.

By pulling together all of these specialties, our elevated quality of care lets you get back to doing what you love sooner!